Tibet’s Heavenly Lake…Namtso

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Duration2 days / 1 night

LocationShigatse - Namtso - Lhasa

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During this trip in Tibet, you'll visit Namtso which is Tibetan for 'Heavenly Lake'; a turquoise salt lake located at an altitude of 4730m. This land is home to Nomadic Tibetans, meditation caves and all around the lake there's a pilgrim's route running across the Changtang plateau. We don't recommend travelling straight from Lhasa to Namtso as there's a significant difference in altitude between the two.

What's included

  • Transport
  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Driver
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to Namtso National Park

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Travel to Namtso

Early this morning you’ll leave Shigatse and take the Lhachen La pass at 5150m to Namtso Lake. Along the way you’ll have a bite to eat at a restaurant in one of the small villages you pass through and you’ll reach the lake early in the afternoon. You’ll stay at a small guest house located along the pilgrim’s route to Namtso. Once you’re all settled in, you’ll go for a walk to explore.

Travel to Namtso

The area surrounding the Changtang plateau is inhabited by the nomadic Drogpa people. They are the indigenous inhabitants of this area and are also known as Grass Tibetans because of their non-residential surroundings. As the sun sets have a seat on the shores of the lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain peaks glowing in the light of the sunset.

Back to Lhasa

The sunrise at Namtso is a magical moment, so try not to miss it. Today you can visit a bird refuge in the village or the Tashidor, historic meditation caves that were once used by Lamas. As your trip draws to a close, you’ll head back to Lhasa in the afternoon. Along the way you’ll visit the Tsurphu Monastery home of the Karmapa School, located at a spectacular location on a cliff.

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